Child life is a profession that offers psychosocial support for infants, children, youth and families experiencing stressful life events, particularly as they relate to health care experiences. Child life specialists provide opportunities for therapeutic and diversional play, prepare children for and assist children during medical tests and procedures through education, rehearsal, and coping skill development, and support families during hospitalization or challenging events. (Canadian Association of Child Life Leaders)

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The University of Manitoba does not offer any specialized educational programs leading to a career as a Child Life Specialist. Please view the links below for more information about training programs in North America. If you are a University of Manitoba student who would like assistance determining an education plan that suits your unique goals, speak with a Career Consultant.

Students interested in pursuing further education in Child Life may choose to first complete a related bachelor's degree at University of Manitoba. The departments listed below offer degrees and courses related to health and child development.

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